Hello Paris!

After many years of waiting I finally made it to Paris! It was a day trip with my husband, son, and my favourite in laws. I had wanted to visit this remarkable city for years! My first visit was in 1981. I was about five years old. I hardly remembered a thing and desperately wanted... Continue Reading →

History and passion of Africa fashion

Went to a fantastic exhibition at the V&A about fashion from the African continent. Dynamic and diverse as the different countries, the exhibition explored how politics and history manifested in its fashion scene. Creativity and fashion allows us to write our own narratives. They are spaces for people who have a vision for the continent... Continue Reading →

The gum tree

"Do you want to go back?" he asks me one summer afternoon. We were strolling through a park at the time. I knew my husband wasn't asking about returning to our flat. Back to our teenage son who passed on a walk with his parents. "I could stay here a long time. It's completely up... Continue Reading →

The Chandelier of Grief, Yayoi Kusama

It was a beautiful exhibition at the Tate Modern. The artist has been living in a mental health hospital since the 1970s. I fight pain, anxiety, and fear every day, and the only method I have found that relieves my illness is to keep creating art. I followed the thread of art and somehow discovered... Continue Reading →

At the secondhand book fair

Our church in London had a secondhand book fair some weeks back to support TearFund’s humanitarian appeal for Ukraine. I was so encouraged to hear we raised more than £2,000 in donations. But the moment I’ll take with me during my day manning the stalls is a small exchange with a young woman. It was... Continue Reading →

Last day

My parents came to visit us recently. As well as spending a week with us, they used our home as a base to travel to Prague and Scotland. The last time I saw them was in Tasmania, just before we moved to London. That was almost three years ago now. It was their last day... Continue Reading →

A weekend in Nantes, Brittany

They say there was a particularly progressive law that came from this part of France in 1598. Called the Edict of Nantes, it allowed unheard of religious freedoms to the Protestant minority living in Catholic France at the time. It was a law that upheld their rights and allowed them to live by their faith.... Continue Reading →

Time to do what good we can

We looked on in horror as the might of the Russian army rolled into a sovereign nation only two weeks ago; as gunfire rang out and bombs dropped in cities like Kyiv, Sumy and Mariupol. We felt powerless as Ukrainians threw themselves under armoured cars and tanks; as ordinary people started to take up arms... Continue Reading →

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